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Perhaps pirates think twice in the future before they decide to take American hostages in the first place given what's happened here and with Captain Richard Phillips a few years back.
Improved security? Perhaps. Harsher treatment and being better prepared to kill them? I don't necessarily think that's the case. At the end of the day these guys want money - treating your bargaining chips like garbage isn't necessarily the best way to achieve that end.
The fact is that the Somalis will make changes so as to reduce the likelihood of a mission such as this succeeding again. That means things get worse for the hostages. This is not analogous to what happened with Richards, where we essentially prevented the pirates from securing the hostages.
Its a consideration that I have not seen others raise. It was the first thing that came to my mind, in part because I was Special Ops for a good part of my term. A mission to get just two seems not worth the downside, IMMHO.